Just as the 13th season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has begun, one of the show’s stars Charlie Day has been given a chance to expand his ever-growing career on the big screen. Day has signed to both star in and make his directorial debut with the indie comedy, El Tonto.
He has also written the script, which revolves around what the press release terms “an idiot mute who, after getting off a bus in Los Angeles, rises through the ranks to become a beloved Hollywood celebrity, only to lose it all”.
No other cast members have been announced but it’s been rumoured that Day’s Always Sunny co-star Danny DeVito may take a supporting role, which wouldn’t be a surprise considering their undeniable chemistry on the sitcom.
Armory Films are one of the studios helping to finance the film, with Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros (Mudbound) producing. They said of the project in a joint statement:
“We’ve been looking to do something with Charlie for a while now. The script is hilarious, incredibly original and films like this just don’t get made anymore. We’re thrilled to get in on the ground floor of his directorial career, as we believe the sky’s the limit for him”.
Day’s presence on the silver screen has grown over the past half-decade, with roles in films such as Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses and The LEGO Movie. El Tonto will be a smaller project than those, but should allow Day to have his talented fingerprints all over most of the production, which is only a good thing when you look at the It’s Always Sunny episodes he’s had a hand in writing.
The film will begin shooting in Los Angeles next month.